Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Oh gosh where did the time go? Here is a recipe inspired by our wonderful honeymoon travels. B and I had a magical 2 week trip to France and Greece where we ate to our heart's content. I have lots of food pictures to share after I sort out the roughly 4,000 pictures I took, so stay posted on my instagram!
I wanted somewhere romantic jam packed with lots of art, culture, history (and *cough* museums). B wanted somewhere romantic with lots of beaches and lounging and doing nothing.

Our first week was spent mostly in Paris, with a quick overnight trip to Normandy to learn about the inspiring WWII D-Day history. The second week was spread out over Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens. The perfect compromise, I think (B still protests over the 17 museums we went to, but we made plenty of food market, gelato, and coffee stops to keep his morale hehe).
Even though we've been together for so many years, we've never flown on a trip until our honeymoon! With all the long distance, we only flew to each other whenever we had a break, rather than fly somewhere together, so it was exciting to finally travel.
I've been lucky to have visited many countries - B, on the other hand, had only been a few states, and never left the US before. He learned a lot of cultural differences on the trip - like not being served ice water, no free wifi, and tiny, tiny hotels/restaurants/cars.
B: I wonder how Europeans must feel when they visit America...I bet they're astounded by getting ice in water without having to ask, free wifi everywhere, and TONS of space.
We especially ate a ton of olive oil in Greece - B loves olive oil (he even drank it straight when sampling cups!). This is a quick and easy olive oil cake adapted from Food Network- the olive oil replaces the butter or vegetable oil while giving a subtle hint of flavor. The citrus makes for a refreshing cake, so it's appropriate for .a light dessert or ... er breakfast.

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Butter, for greasing the pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest of 1 orange (about 3 tablespoons juice, 1 tablespoon zest)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Mix together the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until blended and light. Drizzle in the olive oil and vanilla and mix until light and smooth. Add the orange juice and zest and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another medium bowl. Add the flour mixture half at a time to the wet ingredients and mix on low just to incorporate.

Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cake cool 15 minutes, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Popsicles

Hello everyone. I've officially moved to the east coast and started Internal Medicine residency so posts may be a little less regular.

How to I sum up my residency thus far? Well, I feel pretty rusty and nervous as heck. I don a huge long white coat and an old school pager. It's strange being referred to as Dr. Uy (Oh, huh, you're talking to me?) or introducing myself as a doctor (Hi Ms. X, my name is Natal- er, I mean Dr. Uy).

Oh, and my co-interns / residents / attendings are all awesome and share an affinity for good food. I think we'll get along very well.
I'm starting with my primary care clinic block, and outpatient is just as, if not tougher, than inpatient. Our patients can be very challenging, with a lot of medical problems on top of language, psychosocial, and financial barriers. 

Now I'm in the front line of care of my "mini-practice" of 300 patients for the next 3 years, which is an amazing and enormous responsibility!
I had one sweet patient who made me smile today. She needed to lose weight after immigrating to the US from the Middle East recently, as she had unfortunately developed an unhealthy American diet. Through the translator, she sheepishly admitted she loved chocolate - especially dark chocolate - very much and if dark chocolate was healthy.

In case you haven't noticed, I love dark chocolate too, so I empathize. We agreed to tackle cutting out other unhealthy parts of her diet one at a time, starting with sugary drinks instead.
I'm enjoying the lovely Connecticut weather right now. But it's never too cold or hot to eat popsicles. I've join Popsicle Week 2016 and I'm sharing these fun Raspberry Chocolate Popsicles Adapted from Little Spice Jar!

These popsicles are from Ikea for a steal of $1.99. These were the very first things I bought upon moving to the East Coast. (B: So... instead of essentials like a bed, table, or microwave, you rush to buy popsicle molds. Very practical.)
These beauties are so easy to make - to make sure they don't stick, just dip them in a cup of hot water to loosen. I wanted them two toned to celebrate the official start of summer (and my residency). Enjoy!

Raspberry Chocolate Popsicles

12 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cups greek yogurt
¼ cup almond milk
1 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Combine the yogurt and almond milk in a large bowl. In another bowl, using a fork, mash the raspberries. Add half of the yogurt milk mixture to the raspberries, folding with a spatula for a marbled effect. Stir in the chopped dark chocolate in each bowl.

Pour the raspberry mixture first

Pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Cover molds and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from molds and serve immediately.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Houston Food Adventures

Well my time in Houston has come to a close. A little belated but as a parting gift, I wanted to share a roundup of some of my favorite eats I've discovered over my time at medical school. As always, you can follow my restaurant and travel food adventures on my instagram (which is more up to date).

Chocolate Bar - my family and B's and of course my favorite ice cream place - Totally Nuts is the hands down favorite (B has been know to abandon me and go for ice cream himself when I'm at work; we've driven a quart of this across Texas in dry ice for Father's Day), but all the flavors are good. There's many candies, chocolates, and other sweets too in the Willy Wonka-esque shop.

Oporto Fooding House & Wine - this Portuguese tapas place is gorgeous and perfect for dates or events - I celebrated my Match Day with family and friends here. Try the Bife a Portoguesa, Squid Fried Rice, Polvo con Batatas, and Quiejo de Cabra (baked goat cheese). Pizzete Do Mar and Arroz de Mariscos are good big items.

Local Foods - one of my favorites, enough that I made a copycat recipe of their Roast Beef Sandwich (with curry cauliflower), which sadly isn't available. But their . Sides are fun and delicious - I have a copycat recipe of their Tuscan Kale Salad, acorn squash, and quinoa. and cabbage slaw. Rotisserie Short Rib and Crunchy Chicken are popular. New favorite is - Garden Sammie (add chicken).

Killen's BBQ - this is THE place to get BBQ in Houston. go early and get ready to wait (1.5 hours for us on a Sunday morning arriving 45 min before opening) but it's worth it. Everything is good - we tried the brisket (especially the burnt ends), the beef and pork ribs, pork belly, and sausage by the pound. The sauces - sweet, tangy, and coffee - are addicting. The sides - creamed corn (crunchier and more peppery than Rudy's) and finally the bread pudding to finish it all off. Mr. Killen is super friendly and walks around greeting customers.

Sinh Sinh - a seafood place in Chinatown. This place makes the list for one dish - the lotus crab rice. Steamed crab wrapped in lotus leaf in glutinous rice - it's market price, but it's a large portion and can be shared amongst 4 people.

Andes Cafe - a mix of latin and south American food (I love how they list each dish's country of origin). Try the Lomo Saltado, Empanadas de Morocho, Arepa Le Puela (corn patty), La Colombiana ( a trio of appatizers), and Bisteck a Cabello. For the more adventurous, they have very authentic options - serving cuy (roast hamster) and anticuchos (skewered hearts), which I had seen in my travels to Peru.

Cooking Girl - Try the Soft Bacon (very slow cooked braised pork belly),  Dry Fried Green Bean, and Hot Diving Fish - they're the favorites for a reason. Note that parking can be very limited, so come early.

 - B's dad loved steakouses so this was the first place I took them to when they arrived for my graduation. Try the Thai Steak & Noodle Salad (marinated filet, avocado, mango, noodles), French Dip Au Jus (roasted prime rib french roll sandwich), and Hawaiian Rib-Eye (with a ginger soy pineapple marinade)

- Mediterranean at its best. Try the stuffed grape leaves, couscous salad, hummus, and any kabo or schwarma. There's a large variety and served like a buffet/a la carte where everything is displayed and you pick what you want and pay.

Runner ups: Confucious Seafood, Mala Sechuan, Uchi, Himalaya, Dish Society (pictured below), 88 Boiling Crawfish and Seafood
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